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CONTENTS                          xiii

CHAPTER LXVIII

PAGE

E OVERTHROW OF THE SAFAVI DYNASTY        .            .            .    312

^ The First Expedition of Mahmud, A.H. 1133 (1720)—The
Disgrace of the Vizier and of Lutf Ali Khan—Signs and Portents
—The Second Expedition of Mahmud, A.H. 1135 (1722)—The
Afghan and Persian Armies—The Battle of Gulnabad, A.H. 1135
(1722)—The Capture of Farrahabad and the Capitulation of Julfa
—The Investment of Isfahan—The Heroic Inhabitants of Ben
Isfahan—The Unsuccessful Mission of Tahmasp Mirxa—The
Death of the White Eunuch—Malik Mahmud of Sistan—The
Surrender of Isfahan, A.H. 1135 (1722) — The Downfall of the
Dynasty.

CHAPTER  LXIX

THE EXPULSION OF THE AFGHANS          „            .            .            .321

The First Acts of Mahmud—The Surrender of Kum, KLashan
and Kazvin to the Afghans—The Will of Peter the Great—The Cap-
ture of Derbent by Peter, A.H. 1135 (i 722)—His Occupation of Resht
and Baku, A.D. 1723—The Treaty of Shah Tahmasp with Russia,
A.D. 1723—The Persian Insurrection at Kazvin, A.H. 1136 (1723)
—The Massacres at Isfahan, A.D. 1723—The Capture of Shiraz,
A.H. 1x37 (i 724)—An Attack on Bandar Abbas—Afghan Intrigues
—The Massacre of the Safavi Princes—The Death of Mahmud,
A.H. 1137 (1725)—His Appearance and Character—The Turkish
Invasion ot Georgia, A.D. 1722-1723—The Russo-Turkish Treaty
for the Dismemberment of Persia, A.D. 1724—The Conquest of
Western Persia by the Turks, A.D. 1724-1725—The Accession of
Ashraf, A.H. 1x37 (1725)—The Victory of Ashraf over the Turks,
A.H. 1138 (1726)—Shah Tahmasp joined by Nadir Kuli, A.H. 1139
(1727)—The Conquest of Khorasan by Nadir Kuli—The Defeat
of the Afghans at Mehmandost, A.H. 1141 (1729)—The Second
Defeat of the Afghans at Murchakhar, A.H. 1141 (1729)—The
Rcoccupation of Isfahan—The Final Rout of the Afghans, A.H.
*" x *42 (1730)—The Death of Ashrafj A,H. x 142 (1730)—The Flight
of the Afghans.

CHAPTER  LXX
THE RISE OF NADIR Kuu TO THE THRONE OF PERSIA.           .    339
The Origin and Birthplace of Nadir Kuli—His Captivity
and Escape—Appointment to Abivard—Service under Malik
Mahmud—His Capture of Kalat and Nishapur—His Dreams—
The Capture of Meshed and the Execution of Malik Mahmud—
The Reward for the Expulsion of the Afghans—Nadir Kuli's First
Turkish Campaign—Tahmasp's Disastrous Campaign against the
Turks, A.H, xi44'(t73i)—His Dethronement in A.H. 1145 (1732)
—The Battle of Karkuk, A.H. 1146 (1733)—The Persian Victory